Etna volcano update: Impressive eruption column with circular umbrella cloud towering above Sicily

Fr, 19. Feb 2021, 09:41
09:41 AM | VON: T
The eruption plume from this morning's paroxysm of Etna (image: Sara Raciti)
The eruption plume from this morning's paroxysm of Etna (image: Sara Raciti)
The eruption column 20 minutes after (image: Sara Raciti)
The eruption column 20 minutes after (image: Sara Raciti)
Lava fountains of 5-700 m from the New SE crater (image: INGV thermal webcam)
Lava fountains of 5-700 m from the New SE crater (image: INGV thermal webcam)
The eruption seen on the INGV thermal webcam in Linguaglosse (NE side)
The eruption seen on the INGV thermal webcam in Linguaglosse (NE side)
About 45 minutes after the onset, the eruption is now at its peak, probably going to start to decrease soon.
An impressive eruption column is rising near vertically - thanks to only weak winds - from the New SE crater, to heights of estimated 20,000 ft (6.3 km) according to the latest bulletin of the Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) of Toulouse. At altitude, it beautifully spreads into a near-circular cloud known as umbrella cloud.

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Fr, 19. Feb 2021, 09:12
Lava fountains at the New SE crater during the peak of the ongoing paroxysm (INGV thermal webcam)
UPDATE: the still ongoing paroxysm appears to be even more intense than its two predecessors and still not The height of the lava fountains is likely more in the range of 700 m, something which will be determined later by the volcano observatory. ... Read all
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